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Remember Linda Piatt

Linda 1967

Linda 2006


When did you attend Priory



How did you locate the Priory website?

I think Ian Slater sent me the address


Who were your most memorable teachers?

Patrick Bourke - he was a hoot! He told us he was an undercover agent and that he was spying on us. He explained that he filmed us with his lit cigarette and then flipped it around to save the film on a device in the back of his throat. When he was called from the classroom for the telephone, he would stomp out saying, "I've told them (the spy agency) not to call me here!" He also helped me learn "Merchant of Venice", "St. Joan of Arc", and "Ring of Bright Water" backward and forward. He would not let us "Yanks" read aloud for Merchant of Venice. He couldn't stand Shakespeare in our accents. He was a dynamic, wonderful teacher.



Who were your best friends at Priory?

Elizabeth Trench - she lived close by in Beverly Hills. She and her family were warm and welcoming as my family learned about living in Jamaica. We spent almost every weekend together, at her house, my house, parties, and Morgan's Harbour.

Linda & Elizabeth Trench 1967


Ian Slater and I were good friends and House Captains of McGill.

Other friends were Marsha Henriques, Phillip Sun, Cary Pyke, Roger Brand, and the Rasmussen's as well as Karen Pickens, Graham Ball, Gail Townsend.


Marsha Henriques

(photo from Ian Slater)


Philip Sun, Roger Brand, Karen Pickens and Cary Pike



Who are you in touch with today?

Ian Slater, Liz Trench on a regular basis. I've also been in touch with Phillip Sun and Marsha Henriques. I recently heard from Bryan Langford and will try to get together with him when I'm in Jamaica with my brothers next month.

Bryan Langford


Who would you like to track down?

Anne Rasmussen; Gail Townsend

Gail Townsend


What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

This wasn't the wildest thing I did - but it's the wildest ride I ever had: Liz and I were coming home from a party with Robin DeLisser at the wheel. I don't remember who else was in the car. He raced up the hills and curves of Beverly Hills on the right side of the road, yelling, "How do you like that Yankee Girl?" Sometimes I shutter at the chances we took - and giggle at the fun we had!


What memories/views do you have of Priory?

Monday morning assemblies; the beauty of the grounds; the camaraderie of students and staff; the outstanding education; unsupervised study hall on the back veranda - I don't think we actually studied much there!


Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Hmmm . . . did crazy people attend Priory?


Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

I live in Greentown, Indiana. It is a small rural town about 50 miles north of Indianapolis. Last June I retired as the Principal of a middle school in Kokomo, Indiana. This year I'm travelling, reading, going to the spa - in short, whatever I want to!

Linda gets back back to Priory 2006


Tell us about any significant others

My husband of 32 years, Rex, died in January, 2005. I have two grown children. Staci is married to Chad Brandenburg. Jake is married to Amanda. I also still have my mother. They all live about two hours away.


Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person

Since I left Priory in Spring, 1967, I've had some visits with Ian and Liz. They were all planned.

Elizabeth Trench and Linda Piatt August 2005


What do you think of the Priory Website?

I love the website. It's fun to look back at those days in the sun. It makes me wish I had stayed at Priory longer.


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